The Catholic University of America


Welcome to the Department of History

The history department is a long-standing, vital and integral part of Catholic University.

It offers a superb undergraduate and graduate education, combining the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the rigor of a research university. The undergraduate major culminates in small intensive seminars and in original research; where possible connections are made to Washington, DC, as a central location for U.S. and international history and as a city rich in research opportunities. The city of Washington provides endless options for internships – in government, museums, businesses, law firms and not-for-profit organizations – and history department alumni have pursued careers in all of these areas after graduating from the university.

Graduate education is concentrated in the following fields: medieval, early modern, and late modern Europe; United States; and Latin America. At present, the department has particular topical strengths in the areas of the history of political culture, history of religion, intellectual history, the history of migration to the New World both voluntary and involuntary (slavery), and the history of women.  In each field we have faculty members with expertise in the history of Catholics and of Catholicism. The history department’s distinguished faculty members have won grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin and the Humboldt Foundation. For their record of publications and teaching please consult their individual profiles in the faculty section of this website. Washington, DC is an outstanding city for graduate research, starting with the Library of Congress and including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Archives and Dumbarton Oaks. A consortium links CUA to the many other DC-area universities. The department has an impressive record of job placement for alumni of its masters and Ph.D. programs.

Questions should be directed either to the department administrator, Ramon Sola (, to the undergraduate advisor Caroline Sherman (, to the graduate advisor Jennifer Davis ( or to the department chair, Katherine Jansen (

The department is located in Marist Hall.  The phone number is: (202) 319-5484.  The mailing address is:

Catholic University of America
Department of History
620 Michigan Ave., NE
228 Marist Hall
Washington, DC 20064












Rebecca McCarron, a junior history major, has  won a writing internship with Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honors society. She is a member of the Honors Program at CUA, is on the Dean's List with Distinction, and is about to begin work as a peer tutor in the university's Writing Center.

Michaela Granger won an Honorable Mention for her conference paper "The Good Wife: The Construction and Practice of Motherhood in Fifteenth-Century England" in the graduate student category at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Georgetown University (March 28, 2015)

Katya Mouris has been awarded a summer research grant in the amount of $5000 from the Religious Freedom Project based at Georgetown

Laura Hohman has just accepted a tenure-track job from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville


To our new Ph.D.'s, Robert Hand and Marie D'Aguanno Ito (with distinction); and our new M.A., Paul Wilson.


To Dallas Grubbs on his departmental award for Excellence in Research for his paper, "A Sacred Genealogy: Universal History, Dynastic Time, and the Structure of the Chronicon Universale to 741."

To Patrick Kelleher for his departmental award for Excellence in Teaching.

To Vanessa Corcoran and Julie Yarwood who have won the University's Henri Hyvernat Scholarships.  The prize is awarded to graduate students who are completing their dissertations.  Vanessa's dissertation is entitled, "The Voice of Mary: Later Medieval Representations of Marian Communication."  Julie's dissertation is entitled, "Citizens of Heaven: Conservative American Portestant Reactions to New Deal Legislation."  The Scholarship is named after Catholic University's first faculty member, a professor of biblical studies.